The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/acre; $150 minimum within Isanti County; $250 minimum outside of Isanti County. Security deposit $161.81 at time of rental. Call Matthew Remer at 763-689-3271 to schedule.
Join more than 1,400 Minnesotans who track the health of their favorite lake or stream — become a citizen water monitor today! Citizens in every county can join the water quality movement by signing up to be a water monitor through the MPCA’s Citizen Monitoring Programs.All equipment and training is provided by the MPCA free of charge.
We are excited to announce our new Cover Crop Program! Cover crops have been scientifically proven to improve the health of your soil. For more information or to sign up for the program please contact Matthew Remer at email@example.com or 763-689-3271.
COVID-19 Update:In an effort to protect the health of our staff and community, the ISWCD is currently closed to the public and many staff are working from home. You can reach us by: Calling our office at: 763-689-3271. See the Contact Us page for other ways to contact staff members. We will do our best to return your message in a timely manner and look forward to working with you face-to-face in the near future!
Congratulations to Jacqui Baker, recipient of the 2020 Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservationist Award! Each year, the SWCD recognizes individuals and/or organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota’s natural resources.
In early October I [Tiffany Determan, SWCD District Manager] spent the better half of a morning trekking with Jacqui on her 80 plus acres located in Isanti Township. After listening to her talk about her land and passion for trees, prairie grasses, wetlands, beetles, pigeons (Ok, Ok, all things natural) I reflected on something that Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife management, once said. He said: “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching—even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” My thought was, it must have been people like her that he was reflecting on.
It is clear to the SWCD that Jacqui whole-heatedly believes in conservation. After purchasing her property over 20 years ago she began an extensive effort to rehabilitate the land and has done an amazing job. A few of Jacqui’s great conservation efforts include:
Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for Lawns to Legumes cost-share funding of up to $300 to create pollinator habitat in their yards. The application period is open until Feb. 15 and applicants will be chosen in March. Applications will be chosen through a randomized drawing, though priority will be given to projects within higher priority areas.
Apply here: https://bluethumb.org/lawns-to-legumes/apply-for-lawns-to-legumes-assistance/
Do you love fishing the Rum River? Do you live along or near the Rum River south of Grandy? If you answered yes to either of these questions you will be interested and excited to learn about this project!
The Isanti SWCD restored flow to a one-mile segment of the Rum River that was abandoned due to a man-made diversion dug over 50 years ago. Due to increased rain events over the last 20 years, the diversion began causing a number of problems including the disconnection of the river from its floodplain (this can result in increased flooding to downstream communities) and widening of the river upstream (this can result in erosion of the streambanks and loss of fish habitat).
To resolve the problems, the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District (ISWCD) secured a $250,000 grant from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment and funding from The Nature Conservancy to hire Minnesota Native Landscapes to fill the diversion and redirect flow into the abandoned river channel. The project was completed in Spring 2019. In Summer 2021 vegetation was planted on the banks of the project to prevent erosion.
If you are interested in learning more about the project, or seeing the completed project, consider taking a canoe trip down the Rum River this summer (access the river from Co. Rd. 14). OR, contact Tiffany Determan, Isanti SWCD @ 763-689-3271
Green lake is going to look different in the future! The Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District is working with the Green Lake Improvement District to get Green Lake off the impaired water bodies list. This means in the future the lake will look clearer, cleaner and have more vegetation and wildlife!
One of the first steps to improving Green Lake's quality is reducing the amount of phosphorus entering the lake. The long-term goal requires close to a 2,000-pound reduction in phosphorus (the nutrient that limits the amount of algae and aquatic plants). This is a lofty goal and there is not a single source of pollution to the lake; rather, it will take a consistent and persistent effort by many landowners. Phosphorus reduction can be achieved through shoreline restorations. Other conservation projects include cover crops, invasive species management, and runoff control.
Landowners with restored shorelines don't just get the benefit of helping take their lake off impaired waterbodies list! These conservationist also have reported less shoreline erosion, beautiful wildflowers which bring in more butterflies, and more wildlife! If you live in the Green Lake area and are interested in doing a conservation project please contact us. We can help plan your project and discuss the financial assistance that's available.
2020 was a busy year for Isanti SWCD. Click here to read all about our most recent Conservation programs and priorities. We would like to send out a special thank you to all our Federal, State, and Local partners who support our mission to preserve, protect and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources in Isanti County. We’re already planning great things for 2021 including targeted agricultural outreach, lakeshore restorations on Green Lake, and conservation planning in the Lower St. Croix Watershed.
One of our conservation technicians got to speak with KBEK about their work. Todd Kulaf discussed the Isanti SWCD and his conservation project at Spectacle Lake. Thank you to KBEK for talking to us! If you missed it you can listen to it here.